New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday sacked five government employees for allegedly having links with terrorist organisations.
The sacked employees include Tauseef Ahmad Mir, Shahid Hussain Rather, who are police constables, Ghulam Hassan Perrey (computer operator), Arshad Ahmed Das (teacher) and Sharafat Ali Khan (orderly).
According to the order issued by the administration, Perrey is said to a member of the banned organisation Jamaat-e-Islami. He is accused of inciting youth to join terror outfits and had allegedly organised a violent protest in Parimpora in 2009 for which the police had booked him.
Hassan is alleged to have helped the outfit spread propaganda when the banned outfit Islamic State (IS) tried to start activity in Jammu and Kashmir. Arshid Ahmed, a teacher in Awantipora, was allegedly associated with the activities of Jamaat-e-Islami. According to the order, he was closely associated with Hizbul Mujahideen and was supporting terrorist activities as a teacher. Ahmed is alleged to have gathered a crowd to pelt stones at CRPF personnel in Awantipora.
Mir is accused of working for the Hizbul Mujahideen and attempting to kill two of his colleagues. As per an official order, Mir’s father was an al-jihad militant who was killed in an encounter in 1997. Mir later joined the police but started working for the Hizbul Mujahideen in a secret manner and came close to several terrorist commanders in later years. He was suspended from service in July 2017 but not dismissed. The order further said that Mir had become a threat to national security, so the government decided to dismiss him.
The order said that police constable Shahid Hussain Rather of Baramulla provided arms and ammunition to terrorists in the Kashmir Valley under the guise of police service. Among the other sacked employees is Sharafat Ali Khan, a nursing orderly working in the health department, who is also accused of working for terror outfits and distributing fake currency notes.
The UT administration has terminated the services of the employees following the suggestion of a committee constituted under Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution. Under this article, no inquiry may be initiated before sacking an employee. The dismissed employees can only approach a High Court to seek relief.
It is to be noted that since last year, 34 employees have been dismissed under the special provision. A committee comprising officials of the home department and police was formed to identify and expel government employees belonging to terror groups.